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After Islamic State Terror Hits Sri Lanka, NIA Cracksdown On ISIS Module In Kerala

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • After the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the heinous string of eight blasts Sri Lanka's Colombo despite India providing intelligence of the attack, NIA is probing into the module. 
  • A week ago, NIA took an Abu Dhabi national into custody in Hyderabad on Saturday in connection with the probe into the 2016 Islamic State (IS) module case.

As far as the Islamic State reality that could be hitting the sub-continent is concerned, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at three places in Kerala. 

After the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the heinous string of eight blasts in Sri Lanka's Colombo, despite India providing intelligence of the attack, NIA is probing into the module. 

NIA conducted searches at the residences of three suspects, two in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad in Kerala. The three people are suspected to have links with other people, including the youth who left India to join the terror outfit. 

NIA officials in Kasaragod are also known to have served notice to two people, to report on Monday at the Kochi NIA office.

"These persons are suspected to have links with some of the accused persons in the said case who had exited India to join the proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS/Daish," the NIA said in a statement.

It said that mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, pen drives, diaries with handwritten notes in Arabic and Malayalam, DVDs and books of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, besides untitled DVDs, CDs with religious speeches, books of Syed Kutheb were seized during the searches.

"Digital devices will be forensically examined and analysed," the agency said, adding the three suspects are being questioned. 

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A week ago, NIA took an Abu Dhabi national into custody in Hyderabad  in connection with the probe into the 2016 Islamic State (IS) module case. This comes two months after the agency filed a supplementary chargesheet against two Hyderabadi residents, Abdullah Basith and Abdul Qhadeer, in a special court in New Delhi. 

Agency sources told Republic TV that one Taha, hailing from Abu Dhabi, was living in Hyderabad for the past six months along with his wife. Taha was named by Basith as one of his associates during interrogation. The raids were carried out at three places in Hyderabad and one place in Wardha, Maharashtra on Saturday.

An NIA investigation revealed that Basith, one of the ISIS handlers stung by Republic TV in May of 2017, was planning to carry out a lone wolf attack on RSS leaders and security forces in New Delhi. He was arrested in August, 2018, almost 10 days before he had planned to carry out the attack. 

Sri Lanka on Saturday banned local Islamist extremist outfit National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and a splinter group, which are linked to the ISIS that has claimed the responsibility for the Easter bombings that left 253 people dead and several hundred injured.

National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim, the mastermind behind the attacks, was killed inside the Shangri La hotel was he detonated himself.

President Maithripala Sirisena used emergency powers to ban the NTJ and a splinter group identified as Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), a statement said.

“All movable and immovable property of these two organisations will be confiscated,” the statement said.

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The move to ban the outfits came after the Lankan Parliament adopted a newly-enforced emergency regulation on Wednesday following a series of eight coordinated blasts, which ripped through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists on April 19 in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war ended in 2009.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said the country needs new laws to deal with threats posed by local terror outfits linked to ISIS.

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